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to the overall medal count. china leads with six. italy second with five and u.s. third with five, as well. there's a bout of bad weather and could delay the outdoor events. uk officials expect thunderstorms, even perhaps some hail. will the year's olympians with members of the royal family as cheer leelders. the queen said she thinks the games are wonderful. yesterday, the queen toured olympic park and meeting with athletes. in all, the royals visiting more than 30 sporting events. joining me now, royal correspondent, robert jobson. good morning to you, robert. >> good morning, alex. >> what's been the role of the royals? they have been working but have they been having some fun there? any crazy, spontaneous moments you can share? >> reporter: apart of the queen jumping out of the helicopter? >> that was huge! >> reporter: there's a few spontaneous moments, really, because it's left over to the younger royals, william, hate and harry and zara phillips who's competing to take on the mantle. the royals are here now and seeing them. they're like olympic ambassad ambassadors. >> they absolutely are.
. fill us in. >> reporter: what we know now is what we've been reporting. 14 people are dead. we're told ten of them were killed in the movie theater and four additional people were injured but taken to local hospitals and have since passed away. 50 people have been injured and are still alive. we're told that some are in serious condition, some are also in fair condition. the scene is definitely still unfolding here, so we don't have all of the information, but the numbers that we are -- just by the minute, this is really what we're learning, so we're trying to stay on top of this, but you can tell this is a very serious situation with 14 people daend some 50 injured. >> tell us what kind of crowd may have been assembled at the movie theater, at the century 16. obviously, this was a big night for this movie, midnight showings across the country. packed house, safe to say? >> reporter: absolutely. the people who were in theater number 9 who are talking with us -- and theater number 9 is where we believe that at least the shooting occurred. we're not sure if it started there, ended there
is new again. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "the ed show" with ed schultz starts right now. >> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" from new york. 119 days before the election, and mitt romney still refuses to quit hiding his wealth. come on, mittster, give us the tax returns. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> he wants you to show your papers, but he won't show us his. >> democrats attack mitt romney's secrecy on his tax returns. as republicans get deceptive. >> i think he has released the tax returns. >> maryland governor martin o'malley isn't pulling any punches on his offshore money and he's here tonight. >> voter id which is going to allow governor romney to win the state of pennsylvania, done. >> the pennsylvania voter suppression story just got uglier. >> this year, the law required every pennsylvania voter show a photo id at the polls. >> why was a mitt romney fund-raiser paid $250,000 to run the stase's voter id campaign? the out of control republican party is voting to repeal obamacare for the 31st time. >> the american people do n
on that which unites us, we're unstoppable. happy birthday, america. that's "hardball" for now. thank you for being with us. "the ed show" starts right now. >>> good evening. prices are falling and republicans are scrambling to find a new reason to pin the blame on president obama. i'm taking the hot air coming out of the right wing. >> just from a political perspective, do you think the united states wants the gas prices to go up higher? i want to get them lower because they hurt families. >> gs prices are plummeting just before the fourth of july. and the right wing talking point has been blown to bits. >> that's almost double under this president. >> gasoline prices nearly doubling since president obama took office. >> is it enough to derail his return to the office? >> it better be. >> the commissioner mark shelton will join me with the real reason prices are so low. and bob shrum joins me with the politics. >>> congressman joe walsh says iraq war veteran tammy duckworth is not a real hero. >> that's all she talks about. our true heroes are men and women who served us, that's the last
of chefs, first, the latest on the tragedy in colorado and how it affects us all. >>> good morning, i'm melissa harris-perry. today, president barack obama will travel to aurora, colorado to meet with the grieving families of the victims of a shooting street that turned a midnight screening of "the dark knight rises" into a horrific tragedy. 26 victims remain hospitalized this morning. 9 in critical condition. the suspect, 24-year-old james holmes, a former neuroscience graduate student, is being held in solitary confinement, while he awaits a court appearance in the county on monday. yesterday, federal and local authorities disarmed the explosives rigged inside holmes' apartment, designed to kill whomever entered it. police have allowed residents evacuated from surrounding homes to return. let's get the latest from kristen dahlgren from aurora. good morning, kristen. >> reporter: good morning, melissa. you can see holmes' apartment behind me here, the one on the third floor there with windows broken out by authorities. as they were disarming those bombs. his building is still roped o
the injured, two u.s. air force reservists and one navy service member. earlier today, president obama spoke about the tragedy. >> my daughters go to the movies. what if malia and sasha had been at the theater as so many of our kids do every day. michelle and i will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter tonight and i'm sure you will do the same with your children, but for those parents who may not be so lucky, we have to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation. so again, i'm so grateful that all of you are here. i am so moved by your support, but there are going to be other days for politics. this i think is a day for prayer and reflection. >> joining me today, "time" magazine deputy washington bureau chief, michael crowley and patricia murphy, contributor to the daily beast. certainly a day of reflection. we are all still processing a lot as it comes to the details of this tragedy. michael, i want to talk about the president's comments, saying this isn't a day for politics, calling for us to -- it's a reminder of the fragility of life and calling
. >> romney continues his counter-attack in a new ad out this morning which he uses obama's own words in the 2008 convention in denver against him. >> if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. if you don't have a record to run on, then you're paying your opponent as someone people should run from. you make a big election about small things. >> now, when it comes to his own record, the president conceded he hasn't communicated his economic policies well enough but stopped short of saying he's made mistakes on substance. >> the mistake of my first couple of years was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. and that's important. but the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the american people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times. >> now, romney pounced on this line saying being a good communicator is not enough, saying, quote, being president is not about telling stories. being president is about leading. so who is to blame for the sluggish economy? former presiden
now grant us into finer rights. those come from nature and god according to the declaration of independence. >> you know what? the real story is that a lot of this is being thrown back to the states and governors like louisiana's bobby jindal will have the ability to refuse it using whatever curious reasoning they can muster. >> states are different. founing fathers intended each state to be a laboratory of exper menation. the reality is if what works in massachusetts may not be appropriate to another state. >> really comparing mardi gras to -- >> yes, he really did. i'm join ed by sheila jackson lee, good afternoon, ma'am. >> it's a pleasure to be with you and for all americans, this is a special week for us. happy fourth of july. >> indeed. you have been an unwaivering advocate for children in texas. you're the co-chair of the congress congressional children's caucus. what is your reaction when you hear charles perry say he's completing opposed to the health care reform even though 22% of children in your state have no health insurance whatsoever? >> the reason i began thi
for being with us tonight. have a good one. >>> what was the big surprise when mitt romney spoke to the naacp today? he only got booed three times. >> mitt romney dreams the impossible dream. >> mitt romney went in search of something he had not looked for before. >> if you want a president who will make things better in the african-american community, you are looking at him. >> the african-american vote. >> mission impossible. >> more than 90% of african-americans support the president. >> a high-stakes appearance for moim mitt romney today at the naacp. >> mitt romney and the naacp. >> i do love that music. i have to tell you. i do love listening to that organ music. >> romney just never connected to his audience. >> things went smoothly until he decided to take on the president's health care plan. >> i'm going to eliminate every nonessential expensive program i can find. >> the crowd shouted him down with boos. >> that includes obama care, and i'm going to work to reform and save -- [ audience booing ] >> he is the worst republican in the country. >> all of us saying that rick
, and thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. happy birthday to vin diesel. vin diesel turned 45 years old today. and on the occasion of the birthday of the movie star who oddly looks like newark mayor cory booker a lot, vin diesel's wildly successful car related fast paced exploding movie "fast and furious" is back in the news. at least it's back in the news paper. this is an ad, look at this, this is an ad that ran in the washington times today. the washington times is the moony newspaper in washington, d.c. in my opinion, it is not a particularly credible newspaper as a source of news, but it is a conservative milk piece of source, so the washington times does get read, at least by republicans. in the washington times today, a $100,000 reward is offered for verifiable evidence of white house involvement in operation fast and furious. a bounty. so years of obsessive conspiracy minded investigations by house republicans did not turn up any evidence of this. but maybe this reward money in the moony newspaper in washington will. this ad was linked to roll column newspape
"the new york times" about today's penn state disgrace. good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. it seems like only yesterday when mitt romney was on fox news talking about the political philosophy of responding to attacks. >> i, of course, respond to the attacks. but they say in politics if you're responding you're losing. >> romney and his campaign had a lot of responding too today. "the boston globe" expanded on the recording, only to find out that mitt romney was the top dog at bain capital three years after he said he left. according to the report, a massachusetts financial disclosure form romney filed in 2003 clearly stated he owned 100% of bain capital in 2002. and his state financial disclosures indicate he earned $200,000 as a bain executive in 2001 and 2002. the report also drops this bombshell, a romney campaign official who requested anonymity to discuss the sec filings acknowledged that they do not square with common sense. until now, romney laz protected himself politically from any bain business practices after he left the company. romney always says
finished doing laps at the senior center down the street. glad you're joining us. as always, let us know why are you awake, shoot an e-mail at waytooearly@msnbc.com o or @williegeist. or text the word awake followed by your response to 692639. and we'll read the best responses later in the show. but before we get to the news here at 30 rock, i want to bring in willie live from london, where he's been on a worldwide boondoggle, waist wasting comcast money for several days now. willie, what are you doing over there? what's going on? >> raining over here. shouldn't come as a surprise. 60-something degrees and rain, london weather. a couple of big gold medals in the pool, but a little controversy. u.s. women's soccer team plays today, and the star goalie, hope solo, a lot of people know has been in a twitter feud with brandi chastain, great player from the 2002 world cup. they have been fighting publicly ahead of the game today. it's getting interesting. we'll tell you about it. >> quick question. is that your camel hair jacket, or are you breaking that in for someone. where did you get that
. >> i'd like us to pause for a moment of silence for the victims of this terrible tragedy. >>> good evening, i'm ron reagan in seattle filling in for chris matthews. leading off tonight, tragedy in colorado. it happens all too often and the names have become to familiar. jones borrow, arkansas, virginia tech, columbine and now, aurora, colorado. it happened not far from columbine, where a sold out crowd gaterred in theatre nine for the premier of "the dark knight rises." police say a 24-year-old man walked through an exit door dressed in black, a black helmet, a bulletproof vest, throat protector, groin protector and black gloves. police say he was also carrying three weapons. a rifle, shotgun and a handgun. witnesses say holmes calmly set off some kind of device and began firing randomly and terrified moviegoers. people desperately tried to flee, in some cases, helping victims get out. in other cases, simply running for their lives. police say 71 were shot and 12 were killed. james holmes was arrested without a struggle in his car outside the theatre. police say holmes warned he ri
, you necessarily have to kill hitler. but this retroactive retirement is the worst use of a time machine i have ever seen. >> or to even lower gas prices, but even as the week threatened to be sucked down the drain of mitt's hot tub time machine, the obama camp released a new ad hinting at romney's lack of tranz pa transparency. >> tax havens, offshore accounts carried interest. mitt romney has used every trick in the book. he admits in the last two years he's paid less than 2% on 43 million in income. >> the romney campaign of course was busy trying to change the subject, suggesting what else? that the president isn't american. here's romney east surrogate on a romney conference call earlier today. >> the president is clearly dem traited that he has absolutely no idea how the american economy functions. the men and women all over america who have worked hard to build these businesses, their business businesses, from the ground up, is how our economy became the envy of the world. it is the american way and i wish this president would learn how to be an american. >> some of us whi
harder at being what it claims to be, exactly the sort of person that makes us so wonderfully close to being as good as we say we are. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "the ed show" with ed schultz starts right now. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to the ed show. i'm michael eric dyson in for ed schultz. the president is opening a new line of attack. you people are going to love it. this is "the ed show," and as ed would say, let's get to work. >> we've given all people need to know and understand. >> the romney campaign says you people have seen enough taxes as the obama camp opens a new line of attack. >> it's wrong to ask seniors to pay more for medicare just so millionaires and billionaires can pay less in taxes. >> tonight, david k. johnston on the new questions about mitt romney's tax returns. karen finney and hogan on the frontal attack on mitt romney's vision for america. mitt romney picks up where john left off. >> i don't think the president, by his comments, suggests an understanding what it is that makes america such a unique nation. >> weighing
, the bridal editors took notice. >> tall, elegant, woman walked right over to us. i love that you have sleeves and collars. tell me the story. >> that's when i knew there was something about this business that's going to work. >> fancy new york was doing something different. nowhere in the collection would you find the commonplace long strapless dress that is most brides were wearing. their look was vintage inspired, comfortable, primarily tea-length dresses. >> the mood of our brand was to have a nostalgic approach to dressing on your wedding day. >> the business was a dream come true for the two brothers. both laid off during the recession, steven handled the business end while gregory did the designing. but fancy new york turned out to be a roller coaster of highs and lows. highs including emotional thanks from happy brides and a feature in martha stewart wedding. the lows, pretty much everything else. >> i always have water at my throat for the payments. constantly worried about who is the next person to call me up and say something is due or a check bounced. >> though their designs have s
on it. that's "hardball" for now. thank you for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> welcome to "politicsnation." i'm al sharpton live from washington, d.c. tonight's lead, mitt romney spoke at the naacp convention. but who was he really speaking to? governor romney made a series of statements that seemed designed to win over the conservative base by antagonizing the audience inside the room. it started with his unnecessary use of the term "obama care." to the attacks on the president's health care law. >> so to do that i'm going to eliminate every non-essential expensive program i can find. that includes obama care and i'm going to work to reform and save -- [ booing ] >> now, here's how that insult played inside the room in the crowd. >> non-essential expensive program i can find. that includes obama care and i'm going to work to replace it. >> wrong service. >> not obama care. >> won't say that again. >> he said the wrong thing now. he know he did. >> romney also attacked the president on jobs. and claimed he's the candidate to help the africa
a kitchen table. but all four of us grew up middle class, yet we had opportunities to move up, do better than our parents. do we still have that sense of hope for our kids? >> i mean, you know, we have the sense of hope for our children, but what i see, you can't just make it if you try. the american dream is dead. what the american dream -- >> the american dream is dead? >> what the american dream was all about was intergenerational mobility, if you work hard and go to school, you can do better than your parents did. more and more, you will be in the class that your parents were in. that has almost become completely -- you can't get past that. that's the death of the american dream, if you're stuck in the class that your father was in, your parents were in, that's what they have in europe. >> i'm hopeful about the american dream. >> you can't deny that it's a troubling trend. i echo toure's thoughts in a way. i have a 4-year-old daughter. i don't worry so much for her because if we don't like the schools in our district, we could send her to private school. we have the means to move to
's peter alexander joins us from london. peter, first to you. clearly they're trying to get past this and what could be a minor goof in any other context really, really did not rub the right way with the brits. >> i think you're exactly right. as the campaign advisors said to us in advance of this trip, this was an effort for romney to listen and learn and today, again, he's getting an earful from the british press and from officials in this country. another headline remarkably read today mitt, the twit. notices athose are not the headlines the camp was looking for when they arrived in london. romney hopes as he heads to israel tomorrow morning, and we will be on that flight, that that trip as well as tonight's opening ceremony, the festivities here, will really wash away any hard feelings that may exist. to be fair, it does demonstrate how just a small gaffe overseas can really be magnified. when we speak to people, when you hear from boris johnson or david cameron, it looks like a huge thing that's exploded but as you talk to some people on the streets, a lot of them are still
, and persuade them to return. >> reporter: he's a former senior scientologist who claims the church uses extreme measures against people like him. >> come on, marty. do you have anything to say? >> this sounds like movie stuff. i'm sorry, marty, this sounds too complicated to believe. >> i mean, i don't know what to tell you. can you handle the truth? >>> also tonight, richard engel with a view we have never seen before of the uprising inside syria. he made the trip with a rebel commander fighting to liberate his hometown. >> it's 4:00 a.m. and ali bakran is saying good-bye to his parents, possibly for the last time. he's on the front line of a surprising new syria few outsiders have glimpsed. he says, "the regime controls only where it keeps its tanks. that's it." >>> and the "costa concordia" is still submerged after six months. and some passengers who had to fight for their lives that night say now they're forced to fight for their rights. harry smith has a story everyone who's ever considered a cruise needs to see. >> it's a totally different world out there as far as your rights are concern
45 eastern time, your home for soccer msnbc and nbc sportsnet for all of us here in new york city, i am kelly tilghman. we thank you for your time today, as a reminder, don't forget to go to msn msnbcolympics.com for tv and scre screaming online as well. >>> good evening. i'm al sharpton. welcome to all our viewers who were watching our special olympics coverage of women's soccer here on msnbc. here at "politicsnation" we're in the olympic spirit. even brought my soccer ball to prove it. there you go, guys. show you my moves later. we have a great show tonight. so thank you for staying with us. worrying for women. millions of women. may have a new reason to get mad at the same old politics being played in washington. senator barbara boxer is here live on that issue. >>> plus a judge takes michael jackson's children away from their grandmother. who is their new guardian? and what does this mean for those children? >>> and the muppets. yes the muppets are under attack. by some critics who apparently have a problem with treating people fairly. >>> what's up with the new celebration i
, another filibuster by the republicans. tom, great to have you with us. thank you for joining us on "the ed show." that's "the ed show," i'm ed schultz. the "rachel maddow show" starts right now. good evening. >> thank you, my friend. and thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. tonight, president obama is watching the u.s. olympic basketball teams, both the men's team and the women's team, play exhibition games against the basketball teams from brazil. sort of a warm-up for the olympic games. the president obviously a big basketball fan. he's got a big night out with the vice president there. you know, it's kind of nice. a campaign is firing on all cylinders at this point. the president was campaigning today in ohio. mitt romney is raising money at a country club in jackson, mississippi, tonight. these guys are campaigning full speed. the campaign is actually sort of happening at a pace it's never really happened at before now. the toughest pace it's ever been. but these guys are also taking time to relax. mr. romney took the weekend off with his family at their big lak
apart on this one. >> karen, i know a patriot who can afford to solve this whole problem for the u.s. olympic team -- mitt romney! he can afford to buy them all new uniforms, made in massachusetts or any home state he wants. >> how about that? l.l. bean could probably do them, right? >> karen finney, thank you very much for joining me tonight. >> thanks, lawrence. >>> "the ed show" is up next. >> good evening, americans, and welcome to "the ed show" from new york. 113 days before the 2012 election and the obama campaign has republicans clamoring for mitt romney's tax returns. tonight, i'll tell you what i think romney's hiding. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> governor romney's economic plan would, in fact, create 800,000 jobs. there's only one problem. the jobs wouldn't be in america. >> the president hits mitt romney hard on jobs and outsourcing, and mitt romney hits back at a former candidate's wife. >> john kerry ran for president, you know, his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. >> just how offtarget is the romney campa
joining us tonight is john who worked for rick santorum. who decided to bring miss personality, miss congeniality to start the republican convention? what do you think is going on here? >> i think it is great pick. first of all, you have a governor who ran in a democratic state of principles cutting spending and taxes and got elected and governing that way. he is a great speaker. he will go out there and make a great case why this president has been a disaster. >> what will he subway the guy that won the nomination? >> i think he will -- he has been with romney from day one. he has been out there supporting him and saying that we immediate somebody that knows thousand turn this economy around. but at the same time, you have to remember, this is a referendum on the sitting president and the, frankly, i'm -- i'm happy the romney people are willing to take the gloves off and start fighting back. >> have you noticed when -- let's go back. have you noticed the republicans who are up for vp are the only ones not saying release your tax returns? that's one way to shut them up. you may objec
." with us on set this morning, we have msnbc contributor mike barnicle, walking in the room, slightly drunk after doing "way too early." i think it's a little too much on him. you can tell by his voice. former foreign policy adviser to the bush administration, dan senor is here. hello. >> how are you. >> do you want to do "way too early". >> mike is doing it. >> i'm not sure he should. visiting professor at nyu, former democratic congressman harold ford jr. is here. do you want to do "way too early" tomorrow. >>? >> do it tomorrow. >> mike, want to skip out on doing "way too early". >> i skip out doing it when i do it. >> i'm trying to give you a day off. former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst steve rattner is with us. rattner. >> good morning, mika. >> still want to call you a financier. >> can you acknowledge one thing? >> yes. >> you did not listen. same tie day. >> i know. >> got the memo. >> democrat thing. >> what's wrong with you two? >> we were e-mailing which tie should we wear? >> difference between the two. >> what is it? >> you paid for yours. >> i didn't. i
with us from washington. msnbc political analyst, karen finney and democratic strategist, julian epstein. karen, when you look at the obama campaign ad, turns out romney agrees with the president. when you talk it all in context, so can we put this whole attack on free enterprise to bed? >> oh, jonathan. what is it, july? we're going to hear -- please, we're going to hear this between now and election day and what it shows is the romney campaign is getting very desperate. the kind of editing job that into the attack ad was something we have not quite seen at this early a stage in a campaign. and again, it shows there's an element of desperation. they think they were able to latch on to something. my favorite thing though is apparently, he's comfortable talking about the middle class and poor people. he wasn't so worried about the poor a while ago and wasn't talking about the middle class. he was focused on the job creators. must have seen a poll that says talk about the middle class, so he's talking. >> julian, how much mileage is team romney getting out of distorting the president's wor
's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "the ed show" with ed schultz starts right now. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" from new york. 111 days until the 2012 election, and mitt prromney is ready to dig up the dirt and go personal on the president. in the words of a former president, bring it on. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> he tries to divide america, tear america apart. >> they tested the waters yesterday. today, the romney camp is diving in. >> light our hair on fire then. >> they'll step up their personal attacks on the president to try to dodge the tax issue. i'll ask bob shrum and richard wolffe if it has any chance of working. >> to say that steve jobs didn't build apple computer or that bill gates didn't build microsoft or henry ford didn't build ford motor company -- >> mitt romney adopts the fox news lie about the president's small business comment. >> a lot of people were waiting for that to come out. >> and then agrees with the full context otthe president's comment on small business. >> by the way, there are a lot of people in go
. the rest of us are counting on you. >>> good morning, i'm melissa harris-perry before we begin, we want to congratulate congressman barney frank and jim ready who got married last night. governor patrick duval officiated and asked if they promised to love each other on sickness and in health, on msnbc and fox, as long as they both shall live. congressman frank the first sitting member of congress to enter into a same-sex marriage. but now onto our top political story. when most of us think of the map of our country, we picture this. 48 states, all smooshed together with two more hovering in the pacific. but if you're one of the two americans currently running to be president of all the states on that map, right now, you're not really thinking much about the vast majority of them, because only four months out from election date, your version of the u.s. map looks a lot like this. this is a map of the battleground states in the presidential election and if you didn't see your state highlighted on that map, hate to break it to you, because your vote is not going to matter much in determini
with lawrence o'donnell." thanks for being with us. >> mitt romney has told more lies than any presidential campaigner i've ever seen, and he's been caught at more lies than any presidential campaigner i've seen, including another big one today. so what did romney decide to do after one of his biggest lies got exposed? he calls president obama a liar. and so tonight, this entire program, every word of "the last word" will be about the lies of mitt romney. oh, and have i mentioned that his first name isn't really mitt? >> i believe this election will come down to character, conviction, and vision. >> the obama campaign isn't giving up on its narrative that governor romney is a secretive rich guy. >> "the boston globe" is reporting today -- >> new claims over mitt romney's record. >> following up on reporting. >> romney did not leave bain capital when he said. >> was he legally liable for jobs sent overseas? >> team romney denying a report in "the boston globe." >> governor romney will have to defend what he did at bain. >> he's going to have to face up to this. >> i believe this election wil
first read brings it to the top, to the forefront. domenico, thank you for joining us. appreciate it. >>> ben bernanke is warning that the u.s. is head for another recession if the economy is allowed to go off the so-called fiscal cliff at year's end. tim geithner spoke to cnbc's larry kudlow about the lack of answers on capitol hill. >> is this the most chaotic political moment that we've seen? >> i don't know if it's chaotic, but it's stuck and it needs to get unstuck. the most powerful instruments of economic policy that the country needs right now are in the hands of the congress. they're things that the executive branch, be the fed cannot control. those things need to be put to work. >> with me now maryland congressman chris van hollan. thank you so much for joining us. >> good to be with you, luke. >> the washington post on the front page article this morning said, quote, economists say the automatic actions slated to take place at the end of the year, increase in payroll taxes and income tax rates as well as large cuts in domestic and defense spending would tip the country bac
of that for you. thomas. >> kristin welker stay with us. i'll bring in our political power panel. we have perry bacon, msnbc contributor and political editor. ted strickland and also hogan gidly. it's great to have all of you with me and i want sto start with perry. this is really a strong message coming out of the romney campaign. the most coordinated response yet to the president's bain attacks, and certainly time is of the essence on this one, perry. but is it enough to change the narrative in romney's favor? >> i don't think it is. i mean, you saw on friday he did five interviews with every outlet, every major network and he didn't address the questions about his tax returns or exactly when he left bain. i mean, it's unusual you do five interviews all over the place in terms of exposure but still don't answer the core questions. i almost feel like he name a vice presidential nominee to change the subject right now. >> as perry mentioned, we have the five different interviews on friday then the sunday talkers and the advisers, the staffers, they have taken to the tv to really try to hammer b
of communication is gone. everything old is new again. here's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politics nation with artic" wi sharpton starts now. >> i'm al sharpton. tonight's leading the fight over fairness in the country. president obama took his fight for fairness on the road. promoting his plan to extend tax cuts for middle class americans and earning less than $250,000 a year. >> i believe that we should make sure that the taxes on the 98% of americans don't go up and then we should let the tax cuts expire for folks like me. for the top 2% of americans. and to give me another tax break or warren buffett another tax break or to give mitt romney another tax break, that would cost -- that would cost about a trillion dollars and we can't afford it. >> he also called out republicans important holding the tax cuts for the middle class hostage to protect tax cuts for millionaires. >> i want to hold taxes steady for 98% of americans. republicans say they want to do the same thing. we disagree on the other 2%. what do you usually do if you agree on 98% and disagree on 2%? why do
on the cayman islands. so what is it mitt romney doesn't want us to know? maybe it's in the tax returns he refuses to share, or the felony he might have commitmented by making false statements about his role at bain. we understand, mitt, sometimes the truth is tricky. tricky mitt. he's not a crook, right? moveon.org political action is responsible for the content of this advertisement. >> that ad will start running tomorrow in ohio, where mitt romney is scheduled to the campaign. romney campaigned today in pittsburgh, where he tried to do a donald trump impression without ever actually using the words, "birth certificate." >> in the past, people of both parties understood that encouraging achievement, encouraging success, encouraging people to lift themselves as high as they can, encouraging entrepreneurs, celebrating success instead of attacking it and denigrating makes america strong. that's the right course for this country. his course is extraordinarily foreign. >> while romney was visiting pittsburgh, celebrating his success, team obama chose to introduce a new television ad on pittsb
the aurora police department to this incident. i want to thank the u.s. attorney's office and the attorney general's office for their support. with this many victims, we have two concerns. one is providing information that they need and providing resources they need. we will -- at this point in time victims should be contacting the aurora police department and looking for resources on the aurora police department website. as the case goes to court next week, they can contact -- we have set up a contact e-mail account so we can get information out as quickly as possible. we have resources available on our website. and i want to say that the aurora mental health center has agreed to stay open 24 hours a day for this weekend. people may feel fine now and may have a problem tomorrow. they may have a problem next week, several months down the line. but they should seek some counseling or resources if they have been victims. it's to be expected. if there are financial issues, that should not stop them. they should contact us for financial resources. we want to make sure we are getting out whatev
. what does the romney camp do? they use one of their most winning surrogates, ann romney, because she's been far more likable than her husband on the campaign trail, but listen carefully to the first part of ann romney's explanation of why no more tax returns should be released. >> you know, you should really look at where mitt has led his life and where he's been financially. he's a very generous person. we give 10% of our income to our church every year. do you think that's the kind of person trying to hide things or do things? no. he is so good about it. then when he was governor of massachusetts, didn't take a salary in the four years. >> listen, giving charitable donations, however commendable, has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not a presidential candidate should release tax returns. they are two different issues. ann romney suggesting that this means mitt romney isn't hiding anything is, with all due respect, a ludicrous argument. mitt romney not taking a salary as governor is also totally irrelevant to the issue. here's the second part of ann romney's answer. >> ther
country that killed 12 and wound dozens more. so what's it done to us? what has this event stirred in this country? made us different from the people who watch this program, say, just a week ago. i want to know. i want to hear again the many separate human actions that night that tell us what kind of a country we are and where we are headed. i want to hear not just about the villain and the victims, but also the heroes. the impulsive good guys that night. the ones that hemming way described as courage, grace under fire and under pressure. i want to know how aurora is going to affect this country. us. today brought the announce many that denver, colorado, just miles from the tragedy will host the first presidential debate this autumn. this all but guarantees that the two presidential candidates, president obama and mitt romney will be asked about the tragedy. what should they say? let's ask governor ed rendell what barack obama should say. it will be interesting. to start with, let's their personal stories following a tragedy like aurora. look at how heartbreaking they are and tell
at times and gave very little detail on what or how he would change u.s. foreign policy. also, he had little to say on syria but that didn't stop him from slamming the president on topics ranging from impending defense cuts to israel nor from talking up one of his favorite topics, american exceptionalism. >> i'm an unapologetic believer in america, i'm not ashamed of american power. >> it was the investigation into the league around the investigation to kill osama bin laden where romney delivered his most full throated criticism of the president and staff. >> betrays national interest, compromises our men and women in the field and demands a full and prompt investigation by a special council with explanation and consequence. >> this comes a day after the president, without directly naming his opponent attacked romney and others who have called his withdrawal from iraq a failure. >> and some said that bringing our troops home last year was a mistake. they would have kept tens of thousands of our forces in iraq indefinitely, without a clear mission. well, when you're commander in chief,
is not a real hero. >> that's all she talks about. our true heroes are men and women who served us, that's the last thing they talk about. >> she'll fire back here tonight. >> a legend passes away. we'll look back at the life of andy griffith. good to have you with us. thanks for watching. millions of americans are going to be traveling over the next few days and we're going to by wi buying a lot of gas. republicans wanted to celebrate the fourth of july by hammering president obama over rising gas prices. it isn't working out the way they hoped. today, the national average for a gallon of gasoline is $3.33. it's the lowest price per gallon since last december. over the last three months, gas prices have fallen from a national high of $3.92 back in april. in some southern states in this country, the average cost is already below $3 a gallon. all of a sudden, what's that noise? i can't hear it. it's because the republicans are all of a sudden quiet about energy policy. you see, they were making all kinds of noise about high gas prices back in the spring. leaders of congress, the president
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in u.s. history. the details remain influx, but here's the latest this hour. 71 shot. 12 died. the rest were injured. now, the tragic shooting in colorado has stunned the nation an the political world today. it happened just after the start of a midnight premier of the new bat man movie, "the dark knight rises." a heavily armed gunman bursting into the theatre through an exit door and here's how witnesses describe what happened next. >> he threw one gas like, one tear gas thing. >> landed in the road. hit the girl right in front of us. then it exploded. >> then he threw another one. i think that went to the right of us. >> and did you see him starting to shoot people at that point? >> he waited, he looked like, he looked so calm when he did it. it was scary. he waited for the bombs both to explode before he made any type of move, then after they both exploded, that's when he began to shoot. >> the first shot was in the air, then he starting shooting towards -- >> no specific target. >> now, jennifer seeger, who escaped physical r harm, the suspected shooter, 24-year-old james holmes, ta
us this hour. the mitt romney for president campaign today announced they have hired new staff. new staff specifically to work with the republican party's new candidate for vice president. there is no republican party candidate for vice president. but this announcement today means that the republican party would very, very, very, very much like you to think that they will pick a vice president very soon. hopefully sooner than the next plot twist in the bain capital/mitt romney won't release his tax return saga. the party would very much like you to stop talking about mitt romney's tax returns, thank you vaer much. naturally, there are lots of exciting released tat bids in today's news about oirt things, like let's say his impending vice presidential selection which should be coming down the pike any day now. the "new york times" is out with an insider piece about mr. romney's campaign and their vice presidential vetting process. hinting that a likely short list of potential vps has emerged. according to the "new york times," the finalists are tim pa -- sorry, the mild mannered forme
managed by a trustee. i don't manage them. i don't even know where they are. that trustee follows all u.s. laws, all the taxes are paid, as appropriate. all of them have been reported to the government. there's nothing hidden there. there's nothing -- if, for instance, you owned shares in let's say renault or in fiat, you still had to pay taxes, you still have to disclose that in the united states. >> the president campaigned in iowa today, which he won in 2008 by ten points, but is now running tied with mitt romney in the polls. mitt romney campaigned in colorado, which president obama won in 2008 by eight points and where president obama now has a lead over mitt romney in the polls, 49 to 42%. and with just 119 days until the election, a new "washington post" national poll finds the two candidates tied at 47. and a new reuters poll has the president leading mitt romney by six points, 49 to 43. it seems the romney campaign has decided he cannot win, running as a republican, so he is now trying to appeal to independent voters by running as a new democrat. a bill clinton democrat. >> bill
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